How Our Editors Spend $100 At Nordstrom Rack

You're either an off-price shopper or you're not. But if there's a good deal to be had, you better believe we're going to find it — and Nordstrom Rack has to be one of our favorite places to do just that.
If you've yet to unearth the retailer's treasures for yourself, allow us to convince you otherwise. Sure, the experience may not be 100% up to par with an actual Nordstrom experience (though we think the return policy is just about as good), but with brands like Calvin Klein, Adidas, and even Marc Jacobs on steep discount, a longer checkout line is a risk we're willing to take — and a problem that we'll forever love online shopping for solving.
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Click ahead to see how members of Refinery29's fashion team would each spend $100 at Nordstrom Rack, and believe us — the most difficult obstacle we faced was limiting our budget to just one Benjamin.
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"I lose sunglasses. All the time. Like, I am probably losing a pair right now. These circular ones give me strong Hackers vibes, but I wouldn't be devastated if I left them in between the seats of a cab/in the restaurant bathroom/on top of a counter at the deli/in a friend's refrigerator."
- Connie Wang, Senior Features Writer

Steve Madden Women's Metal Round Sunglasses, $48 $9.97, available at Nordstrom Rack.
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"I'm petite enough to fit into the largest boys' sizes, and I actually really like the way that school-uniform chinos fit on me: the crop usually hits me right at the ankle, it's slim in the butt, and just roomy enough throughout the thighs and knees. I usually need to get them taken in in the waist, and my tailor's able to make that happen for $15."
- Connie Wang, Senior Features Writer

Tommy Hilfiger Academy Chino Pant, $39.50 $23.97, available at Nordstrom Rack.
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"I've been on a red sandal kick this summer — somehow, even though they're such a bold color, they manage to pair with everything. These Calvin Klein mules are the kind of shoe I can see myself heading straight for every morning."
- Connie Wang, Senior Features Writer

Calvin Klein Tumbled Sandal, $119 $64.97, available at Nordstrom Rack.
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"I went into this challenge ready to get the most out of my spending limit. But when I saw this Saturdays Surf NYC fleece jacket, I couldn't turn back. And hey, sometimes less is more — right?"
- Landon Peoples, Fashion Writer

Saturdays Surf NYC Viktor Fleece Zip Jacket, $225 $99.97, available at Nordstrom Rack.
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"This might technically be a swimsuit, but I want to wear it out on a Saturday night with really high-waisted jeans and big earrings."
- Channing Hargrove, Fashion News Writer

Basta Surf Open Back One-piece Swimsuit, $140 $39.72, available at Nordstrom Rack.
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"I am in the middle of a full-blown love affair with hoops. I can't get enough of them and don't think I will ever have too many, especially when they look like this."
- Channing Hargrove, Fashion News Writer

Spring Street 50mm Turquoise Wood Hoop Earrings, $9.97, available at Nordstrom Rack.
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"I've missed playing with textures this summer (because it was too damn hot), but I would wear this suede skirt with sneakers to work with all the T-shirts."
- Channing Hargrove, Fashion News Writer

Missguided Faux Suede Skirt, $58 $19.97, available at Nordstrom Rack.
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"Aviators just make everything look, cooler and these statement gray Quay sunnies are no different."
- Channing Hargrove, Fashion News Writer

Quay Australia Camden Heights 59mm Aviator Sunglasses, $60 $24.97, available at Nordstrom Rack.
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"I just got another ear piercing, so I'm seeing "ear parties" in a whole new light. These would make for a fun one."
- Alyssa Coscarelli, Fashion Market Editor

Betsey Johnson Crystal Flower Earrings, $30 $12.97, available at Nordstrom Rack.
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"This is the kind of piece I want to wear the hell out of in the hot days of late summer — and then over a turtleneck come fall."
- Alyssa Coscarelli, Fashion Market Editor

Tularosa Sophia Overall Denim Dress, $168 $69.97, available at Nordstrom Rack.
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"As close to Miu Miu as I'm going to get right now."
- Alyssa Coscarelli, Fashion Market Editor

Bolaro Embellished Faux Fur Slide Sandal, $20 $14.97, available at Nordstrom Rack.
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"I have an entire drawer in my dresser devoted to striped tees. This bag is taking that love to a new and exciting place. Plus, it's hands-free."
- Emily Holland, Styling Director

Keds Festival Convertible Wallet, $14.97, available at Nordstrom Rack.
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"For some reason, I've been loving sporty one-pieces these days!"
- Emily Holland, Styling Director

Adidas Solid One-piece Swimsuit, $84 $23.98, available at Nordstrom Rack.
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"This summer (and maybe for the rest of my life), my purchases are a carefully considered balance of form and function. "
- Emily Holland, Styling Director

Birkenstock Classic Birki Clog - Discontinued, $54.95 $29.97, available at Nordstrom Rack.
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"Yeah, I know, it looks like lingerie. Okay, it is lingerie. But, I'd wear this lacy robe over a bralette and pair of roughed-up denim in public any day. "
- Annie Georgia Greenberg, Fashion Editor-at-Large

In Bloom by Jonquil Lace Wrap, $68 $24.97, available at Nordstrom Rack.
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"Really quite into this fancy-but-practical shoe you can lace up or not and wear with practically anything. Winner."
- Annie Georgia Greenberg, Fashion Editor-at-Large

Sam Edelman Brandie Lace-up Flat, $89.95 $34.97, available at Nordstrom Rack.
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"First of all, who knew Polaroid made sunglasses? Second of all, these remind me of the shades and palette used in Prabal Gurung's spring '14 collection which was so beautiful it continues to haunt me."
- Annie Georgia Greenberg, Fashion Editor-at-Large

Polaroid Eyewear Women's Wrap Sunglasses, $39.50 $24.97, available at Nordstrom Rack.
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"I never leave the house without my hoops on."
- Annie Georgia Greenberg, Fashion Editor-at-Large

Free Press Ball Detail Hoop Earrings, $9.97, available at Nordstrom Rack.
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"I have a tough time investing big money in trends but I've been dying to try a pair of pseudo-sleepwear cropped pants. But ta-da, now I can try a pair for only $30. "
- Ray Lowe, Fashion Market Writer

June and Hudson Ruffle Hem Pants, $59 $29.97, available at Nordstrom Rack.
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"Balance the industrial metal look of these glasses with the feminine look of an oversized fuzzy sweater and a pair of pleated high-waist trousers."
- Ray Lowe, Fashion Market Writer

AQS Women's Fabi Round Sunglasses, $49.97 $34.98, available at Nordstrom Rack.
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"When I'm too lazy to go thrifting, I look for the most affordable pieces that elicit the same feel. This single top-handle bag is a little retro and a little modern at the same time."
- Ray Lowe, Fashion Market Writer

Cynthia Rowley Hudson Small Satchel, $95 $33.25, available at Nordstrom Rack.
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"Would not be mad about stripping down naked to pee if it meant getting to wear a cashmere bodysuit all day."
- Michelle Li, Associate Stylist

360 Cashmere Tatiana Bodysuit, $218.50 $79.97, available at Nordstrom Rack.
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"Huggie earrings are a literal earlobe hug every time you wear them."
- Michelle Li, Associate Stylist

Nordstrom Rack 15mm CZ Pave Huggie Snap Hoop Earrings, $14.97 $7.88 , available at Nordstrom Rack.
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"I used to use my hair-tie to hold all of my cards and cash together so this is definitely a level up."
- Michelle Li, Associate Stylist

Skagen Triel Leather Card Case, $35 $14.97, available at Nordstrom Rack.
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"This bohemian floral blouse is super feminine, but easy. I can pair it with a breezy skirt through August and wear it back to wide-leg cropped jeans into fall."
- Priya Rao, Contributing Fashion Editor

Equipment Bristol Floral Print Silk Blouse, $268 $99.97, available at Nordstrom Rack.
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"Fact: You can never have enough sunglasses. Especially oversized ones."
- Erin Cunningham, Fashion News Director

Mink Pink Women's Fierce Sight Polycarbonate Frame Sunglasses, $50 $12.50, available at Nordstrom Rack.
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"I've always been a strategic shopper: Clothes that fit, fabrics that let me breathe, shoes I can walk in. But as I've gotten older, my style has gotten even more calculated, and I'm putting my money towards things I can wear multiple times, with multiple different outfits. What can I say, I love falling into a routine."
- Erin Cunningham, Fashion News Director

Topshop Artichoke Sock Boot, $140 $69.97, available at Nordstrom Rack.
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"I like to maintain a small wardrobe of sunglasses, which hasn’t been difficult since I’ve somehow managed to not lose or break any pair of sunglasses I’ve purchased in the last decade. An exaggerated cat-eye style is a definite must-have."
- Laia Garcia, Senior Fashion Editor

Kenneth Cole Reaction Women's Injected Acetate Cat Eye Sunglasses, $49.99 $24.97, available at Nordstrom Rack.
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"I love a chunky sandal, especially if I can wear it with socks. The fact that these are burgundy suede and have a cozy grey fur means that I can wear them well into the cooler autumn months without worrying like I am refusing to give up my summer wardrobe."
- Laia Garcia, Senior Fashion Editor

Topshop Persia Genuine Shearling Mule, $160 $59.97, available at Nordstrom Rack.
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"These striped Pendleton socks are the perfect color combo that will go with everything while still standing out on their own. They’d look great peeking out between a cropped pant and an ankle boot, or paired with a certain chunky sandal."
- Laia Garcia, Senior Fashion Editor

Pendleton Yakima Lake Stripe Wool Blend Crew Socks, $22.50 $16.97, available at Nordstrom Rack.
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